Mesothelioma Questions

Ohio Mesothelioma Attorneys

If you or a loved on is suffering from an asbestos related illness,  you may have many mesothelioma questions.

Question: How did you get mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is caused by inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers. Most people are not aware that they are being exposed when it is happening. The symptoms do not develop until 20 to 50 years after exposure. The majority of people who develop mesothelioma were exposed to high levels of asbestos of a long period of time at work. However, you can be exposed in any setting where asbestos is present, such as your home or school. Even brief exposure to a small amount of asbestos can lead to mesothelioma.

 

Question: Do I still have a mesothelioma lawsuit if I am a smoker or used to smoke?

Yes, you still have a case. Smoking does not cause mesothelioma. You had to have been exposed to asbestos to develop this type of cancer. Mesothelioma is not the same as lung cancer, even though it affects the lungs. Asbestos exposure can also cause lung cancer.

 

Question: What other illnesses can asbestos exposure cause?

Since asbestos usually gets into the body through inhalation, it often causes lung disease. Asbestos can cause non-cancerous respiratory diseases such as asbestosis and asbestos pleural disease. Although they are not forms of cancer, they are still fatal illnesses.

Besides mesothelioma, asbestos can cause cancers including:

  • Lung cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Larynx cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Colon cancer

 

Question: If there is no cure for mesothelioma, what can compensation do for me?

Although there is no cure, you will still need treatment and extensive care. With advances in medicine, the five year survival rate is increasing and was estimated at 10% in 2006. Early detection greatly increases your chance of extending your life and enjoying a much better quality of life. Although it is very rare, some mesothelioma patients have become symptom-free.

All mesothelioma patients require expensive medical care, even if they can only benefit from palliative care. Compensation for mesothelioma can pay your medical expenses in-home care, and you can also be compensated for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering.

 

Question: Are my loved ones going to develop mesothelioma too?

The people who lived with you or visited your home frequently during the period of time when you were being exposed to asbestos may develop mesothelioma. It is not contagious or hereditary. They may have been exposed to the asbestos that you brought home from work on your clothing and hair, or if the home you lived in was contaminated then they certainly would have been exposed, too.

If you or a loved one has mesothelioma or any asbestos-related illness, you may have many mesothelioma questions.  Please call or submit an online questionnaire to speak with our Ohio Mesothelioma Attorneys today. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if our Ohio mesothelioma attorneys agree to handle your mesothelioma claim, they will work on a contingent fee basis, which means they only get paid for their services if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before the expiration of the statute of limitations. Please call our Ohio mesothelioma attorneys right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.